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Normal Aging Does not Contribute to Declining Testosterone Levels in Men

Normal Aging Does not Contribute to Declining Testosterone Levels in Men

(epharmanews)- While many doctors and researchers consider that the levels of testosterone (male hormone) drop naturally as men grow older, a new study found that this could be untrue and that such drops in testosterone levels are due to preventable behaviors and health habits, a new study found.

In this study, whose results will be presented at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, researchers identified several factors (such as obesity, having quit smoking and depression in addition to being single) that explain low testosterone levels in senior men.

Study co-author Gary Wittert, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia said: “Declining testosterone levels are not an inevitable part of the aging process, as many people think”.

“Testosterone changes are largely explained by smoking behavior and changes in health status, particularly obesity and depression.” He added.

The results suggest that men who had stopped smoking had a significant reduction in testosterone levels as they grew older, which lead to heavier weight and sometimes obesity. “While stopping smoking may be a cause of a slight decrease in testosterone, the benefit of quitting smoking is huge.” Wittert commented.

Obesity itself may cause a reduction in testosterone levels. Unmarried men had lower testosterone levels than married men in comparison to married men, according to the results. Wittert attributed this finding to past research showing that married men tend to be healthier and happier than unmarried men. “Also, regular sexual activity tends to increase testosterone,” he explained.

Reduction in testosterone levels, common in seniors, is always associated with an increased weight. Another study, also presented at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, found that testosterone replacement therapy in men who suffer a reduction of the hormone in their blood can protect against obesity and significantly reduce weight and waist size circumference.

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